King Hussein of Jordan has been visiting Cairo in an effort to mediate between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and his hardline Arab critics.
GV: Kubbeh Palace, Cairo.
SV: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and King Hussein of Jordan walking through entrance hall PAN TO Sadat and Hussein talking to newsmen then walking into room.
SV: Sadat and Hussein seated talking ZOOM IN TO CU Sadat PAN TO CU Hussein.
President Sadat also presided over a massive public rally in Cairo on Thursday. Referring to the five Arab hardliners -- Syria, Iraq, Algeria, Sough Yemen and the Libyan Jamahiriyah -- Mr Sadat said: 'I wish they had listened to what I said to the Israelis in their very homes'. He added that Egypt was not seeking peace at any price.
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Background: King Hussein of Jordan has been visiting Cairo in an effort to mediate between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and his hardline Arab critics. Before flying to Egypt, King Hussein held talks in Damascus with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, but according to local observers was unable to alter President Assad's view that Mr Sadat's visit to Jerusalem last month amounted to a surrender.
SYNOPSIS: King Hussein and President Sadat met at the Kubbeh Palace in Cairo on Thursday (8 December). They talked for two hours and afterwards the official Middle East News Agency quoted the king as saying that the Sadat initiative 'aims at establishing a just and durable peace in the region'. King Hussein is taking a neutral stand on peace moves with Israel and it is not yet known if Mr Sadat succeeded in persuading him to attend the Cairo peace conference due to open next week.
Immediately after King Hussein's visit, United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance is expected in Cairo, on the first leg of a Middle East tour that will also take him to Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.